Stawell Warriors in winning form

Stawell Westlift Warriors coach, Brad Cassidy.

Stawell Westlift Warriors coach, Brad Cassidy.

WINNING form is good form according to the Stawell Westlift Warriors as they take confidence into tomorrow's Wimmera Football League match against Warracknabeal.

After recording their first win in seven weeks of football Stawell have some belief in their camp that they are capable of winning against the Eagles.

Warracknabeal Eagles have been in excellent form, having won all but one game this season and will provide a big challenge to Stawell.

After an upbeat training on Tuesday night and another solid session last night, Warriors will be hoping to play a similar brand of football to what they displayed in the first half against Nhill.

"The feeling was pretty good on Tuesday night and again on Thursday," coach Brad Cassidy said.

"We just need to be confident come Saturday."

Stawell will meet a well balanced Warracknabeal team that is led by Peter Weir and playing coach Tim Inkster.

It is suspected that stronger Eagles players Jesse Murphy and Ben Harrison will both miss the clash with hamstring injuries and soreness, while for Stawell there are several players not expected back in the line up.

Toby Reid will continue to rest a medial strain to his knee this weekend and isn't expected to return until after the split round.

Jesse Eckel, who hurt his shoulder in the Ararat match a fortnight ago, trained during the week, but will still be at least one more week on the sidelines.

Both Trevor Matthews and Aidan Potter had fitness tests last night, but it is unknown how they pulled up and whether or not they will play.

Positives that were taken from last week's match that need to be executed again tomorrow, is Stawell's relentless attack and desire to win the contested ball.

"Looking back on last week's game we were able to win and spread in that first half," Cassidy said.

"That's what we need to do this week if we are to be a chance. That was a huge positive for us last week and I reinforced that at training."

With showers of rain expected, the game will be very congested.

"Depending on what the weather is we will need to keep it simple and try not to overuse the ball," Cassidy said.

"You can't plan for weather, but if it is wet it's harder to win your own ball. We need to make sure we win our fair share of contests."

Stawell Warriors will be led through the middle of the ground by skipper Tom Eckel who comes off another best on ground performance.

Chris Ford will be a strong addition to the line up after missing out on playing against Nhill when he suffered concussion from the previous week.

"Chris had his week off, he felt pretty crook most of last week, but he is good to go now," Cassidy said.

Ford will replace the injured Liam Nuske who suffered a groin strain last week.

Mitch Collins will return to the under 17s after playing just one senior game.

Cassidy was full of praise for the youngster, but said it was always going to be just one game of senior football for experience.

Collins replacement will be another senior debutante in Michael Hackwill.

Hackwill has played several game in the reserves where he has been in the best as well as being a strong player in the under 17s.

"Michael deserved a chance, he plays well in juniors and has been in the best each time he has played reserves," Cassidy said.

"He can play forward or back and gives our line up a bit of flexibility."

Stawell Warriors will be in action from 2.20pm tomorrow afternoon at Central Park.


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